Flight Test Pilot - Piper Aircraft

Piper Aircraft is looking for a Flight Test Pilot. To apply for this position, please use the following website: www.piper.com/careers or email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Provide technical support for aircraft development and certification flight tests. Prepare flight test cards, participate in pre/post flight briefings, fly test flights and document test results. Prepare Flight Test Plans, Type Inspection Authorizations (TIA), Type Inspection Reports (TIR), and Pilot Operating Handbooks (POH). Ensure that a proper liaison is established and maintained between Engineering. Quality Assurance and Flight Test Departments.

Job Description:

Conduct research, development, and certification flight tests, to assure test aircraft comply with company requirements and/or applicable Civil and Federal Aviation Regulations (CAR and FAR).  prepare test plans.

Coordinate flight test program activities and department resources, under the direction of Manager Experimental Flight Test.

Attend practical and academic training classes/seminars to keep abreast of engineering flight test practices and to maintain flight proficiency.

Attend required safety training classes and lead Flight Test Safety Process in accordance with Piper Flight Operations Policy and Procedures Manual.

Conduct audtis of production airlines as required under Piper Organization Designation Authorization (ODA).

Generate technical reports and position papers used for the evaluation, development, substantiation, and certification of systems, powerplants, and airframes. 

Prepare Pilot Operating Handbooks and Flight Manuals.

Stay abreast of the FAA/JAA regulations and policies as they pertain to flight tests, to assure compliance with applicable FAR/Joint Aviation Requirements (JARs).

Act as liaison between Flight Test and other departments as necessary.

Perform other related duties as required.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

May be required to supervise, train, and assist other employees. 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Candidate must qualify for an FAA 2nd Class Medical. 

Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a Bachelors’ Degree in a Mechanical or Aeronautical Engineering discipline, with continued advanced training in Flight Test Engineering and a minimum of seven years active test pilot experience related to Stability and Control, Performance, Avionics, Mechanical Systems, and or, Powerplant Systems.

FAA certificates/ratings (commercial pilot license, multi-engine, and instrument ratings), and comprehensive knowledge of aircraft design, testing, and certification are necessary to perform the duties of this position. Candidate must be able to qualify for ODA test pilot appointment within one year of employment with the Company. Strong preference for candidates with documented CFAR Part 23 or Part 25 experience as a DER or ODA UM. 

Language Skills: 

The employee must possess the ability to communicate effectively with all internal and external customers in both written and oral form.